Robert Jeffcock's Siyouma, who brought top-class European form to Sunday's
Grade 1, $1,026,822
Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, reigned supreme in the prestigious turf test for
distaffers. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite with Gerald Mosse, the French shipper
kicked clear in the stretch to record her second straight top-level victory,
following the Group 1 Sun Chariot at Newmarket September 29.
Game on Dude headed a parade of heavyweight hopefuls Sunday morning prepping
for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita as the countdown began in earnest for the
28th World Championship events at The Great Race Place on November 2-3.
Leading Breeders' Cup Turf contender Point of Entry (Dynaformer) --
hero of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Sword Dancer Invitational and
Man o' War, all Grade 1s, in his past three -- logged five-eighths in 1:04 on
Belmont's good inner turf Sunday.
Gary Barber's Delegation went wire-to-wire at Woodbine in the $153,411
The 6-5 favorite paid $4.50, $2.80 and $2.10 to his backers on Sunday and has
now hit the board in all six of his lifetime starts.
Under a crafty Frankie Dettori ride, the globetrotting Joshua Tree wired
Sunday's Grade 1, $1,531,868
International, regaining the title he first won at Woodbine in 2010. The
Marco Botti charge was a troubled runner-up behind the filly Sarah Lynx last
year, but didn't have a straw in his path this time. Joshua Tree joins George
Royal (1965-66) and Majesty's Prince (1982, 1984) as the only two-time Canadian
International winners since the race was switched to turf in 1958.
With a perfect front-running ride from Frankie Dettori, Joshua Tree repelled his challengers to win the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) for the second time in three years at Woodbine Oct. 14.
Hessonite, a troubled fifth in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on
September 29, remains on target for a title defense run in the $175,000
Ticonderoga on October 20, New York Showcase Day, at Belmont Park.
Three Diamonds Farm's Next Question was overlooked at 16-1 when making his
stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 1, $511,576
Stakes at Woodbine, but the Michael Trombetta charge proved more than up to
the task, and thereby earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf
Sprint. After forcing the pace beneath Ramon Dominguez, the New York-bred edged
clear down the lane and repelled English invader Night Carnation by a
Millionaires Musketier and Rahystrada, with a combined 11 graded/group
victories between them, head a field of seven turf marathoners entered for
Thursday's 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000
Sycamore going 1 1/2 miles on the Keeneland grass.
"Winning a Grade 1 at Keeneland -- it doesn't get any better than that,"
Steve Laymon said Sunday morning, one day after Dayatthespa's front-running,
two-length victory in the 29th edition of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
Gentildonna has become the first since Apapane in 2010 and fourth in history
to sweep Japan's Triple Crown for fillies. Under jockey Yasunari Iwata, the bay
filly nosed out her archrival Verxina in a breathtaking photo-finish to claim
the final leg, Sunday's Grade 1 Shuka Sho at Kyoto. Both fillies are by Deep
Impact, hero of the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown.
Millionaires Musketier and Rahystrada, with a combined 10 graded stakes victories between them, head a field of seven turf marathoners entered for the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 18 at Keeneland.
While the Florida Stallion Stakes sweep by jockey Angel Serpa was the lead
story at the 21st annual Festival of the Sun at Calder Race Course on Saturday,
the headlines coming out of the day could be made by Bruce Hollander and Cary
Shapoff's Csaba, the three-year-old colt who put the sword to his rivals when
winning the Tropical Park Derby by 14 lengths.
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Editor's Note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners' Focus on Ophthalmology conference, held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C.